Bourdais Leads The Way On Fast Friday At Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda end Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fastest in the final practice session ahead of this weekend’s qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Bourdais set a fastest speed of 233.116mph and ended the day ahead of three Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter Reay, Takuma Sato and McLaren Honda Andretti’s Fernando Alonso in the No.29 Honda.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet for Team Penske was the fastest Chevrolet runner in fifth place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda and his team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda.
Jay Howard made it three Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars in the top ten as he ended the day in eighth place in the No.77 Lucas Oil Honda.
Ed Jones impressed for Dale Coyne Racing in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda as he the day in 9th place while defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda rounded out the top ten.
Chip Ganassi Racing duo Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda and Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda ended the day in 11th and 12th place respectively.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Rewards Chevrolet Penske ended the day in 13th place just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Oriol Servia in the No.16 Honda. Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda ended the day in 15th place.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske ended the session in 16th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda ended the day in 18th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Service Chevrolet.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Honda was 20th just ahead of Pippa Mann in the No.63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda ended the day in 22nd place just ahead reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet for Team Penske.
Josef Newgarden went out after his accident yesterday with the No.2 Hum by Verizon crew getting the car repaired ending the day in 24th place.
Jack Harvey recovered from an issue in pit-lane early in the day to get back on track in the No.50 Michael Shank with Andretti Autosport Honda ending the day in 25th place.
Sage Karam in the No.24 Mecum Auctions Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ended the day in 26th place just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet and Conor Daly in the No.4 Chevrolet.
Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Harding Racing Chevrolet ended the day in 29th place. AJ Foyt Racing’s Zach Veach suffered a big impact ending his session early and ended the session in 30th place just ahead of Juncos Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra and Spencer Pigot who suffered a big hit ending his session early. Buddy Lazier rounded out the order in 33rd place.